Runaway October

Delving into the crazy world of crafts, cooking and kids…

Ponderings February 16, 2008

Filed under: Crafting,Life,Parenting — Katie @ 9:59 pm

It’s raining again. While it’s so amazing to have this much rain in Arizona, it kinda ruins plans… like my plan to get Declan dressed and let him roam the backyard with Fable all day. Yeah, that didn’t happen. We did all go to the grocery store today. I had the boys in their matching Skullys and we were approached and told that I should sell them. Do you think anyone would buy a “recycled” hat? Maybe they’ll sell better because they are recycled?

Matt and I talked about getting some things posted to my Etsy store, but this is where I must make a heartfelt plea. If any of you are considering purchasing anything for us, please let it be a new digital camera. There’s no way I could sell anything with the low quality pictures that my mom’s camera takes. Well, I could try I guess. You can find our “chosen” cameras in this post or view My Wists in the sidebar (but anything that takes crisp pictures will do), or if you have any artistic ideas to make my current photos work please let me know! I’d greatly appreciate it. ๐Ÿ˜€

Oh yes!! I must post about my Valentine’s. We’re tight on money, so we decided to make all of our gifts, something we really should strive to do anyway. Matt got his favorite dinner and an IOU for his favorite cookies – Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies. I got a beautiful card and a program. Yep, a program from my in-house lovable Linux guru/nerd. See?

Love Number

Isn’t that just the sweetest thing!?

If there are any fellow nerds out there who’d like the source code for the program, lemme know. You should be able to figure it out yourself though.

We’re supposed to get our taxes done soon, and we’re already daydreaming about what to do with the return money. Reality is telling us that we need to keep it and just use it to live off of but we can always dream big right?

In all honesty though I am hoping that both Matt and I can splurge a little on ourselves. I really really really would like to get my hair done again. I was secretly hoping that Matt had some how found a hairstylist and befriended them before Valentines in hopes of finagling a free cut and color out of it. Alas, it did not happen and my mane of bi-color curly locks still hangs sadly from my head. I’m afraid to chop it myself. :S

I also have a running list of projects I’d like to complete, including but not limited to:

  • New Ironing Board Cover
  • Clothes Pin Bag
  • Something for my nephew that his mom wont tear up or throw away. His birthday is soon
  • Some more “recycled” items
  • Duct-Tape dressing form
  • Apron (or two)
  • Try out some of the BurdaStyle patterns, as well as some vintage patterns, I’ve acquired. I think I’m on a jumper bender. I’m afraid to find out if Jumpers will work with my body shape or not.
  • Don’t tell anyone, but I also am slowly piecing together ideas for a quilt. Get it… piecing? Ha!

Don’t hold your breathe though, things take time in this house. ๐Ÿ˜€

On my final note, I’d like to leave you with this link. Have fun!


Ugh February 2, 2008

Filed under: Cooking,Life,Parenting — Katie @ 1:20 pm

Everyone is sick here.

I feel like I have arthritis in every joint and marshmallows stuffed in my sinus cavities. My whole face hurts.

Rowan is leaking from everywhere – his eyes, his nose, his nose. I think he might have an eye infection and I praying his not teething, but he’s drooling up a storm. Listening to a body this little cough is just heart-wrenching. He’s been very mellow but just wants to be held. And he has this tiny little pathetic mew, like a newborn kitten.

Declan is same old Declan – just add a scratchy voice, tons of boogies and a hacking cough. Doesn’t he know you’re supposed to chill out on the couch all day when you’re sick? Seriously.

Matt says he feels yucky too, but I don’t have any yummy specifics to share with you guys.

That said I managed to make some meatball soup last night. It was a low-fat recipe and turned out kinda bland, but it was good and made a ton. I’ll probably end up freezing some even, which is a feat in this house. ๐Ÿ™‚

I have a couple craft projects that I’d like to start soon, including menu magnets for the fridge and a clothespin hanger bag thingy. I’m getting tired of the cold and drear so I’ve got lots of brights and prints dancing in my head.ย  I’m trying to work it into the budget as well, but it’s tight. Once again, if you know anyone who needs daycare in my neck of the woods, can you send them this way?


Struttin’ his stuff January 30, 2008

Filed under: Parenting,Pictures — Katie @ 7:34 am

So the camera is not a fan of anything that moves. Keep that in mind.

Mr Rowan is just growing right along. He’s a little over 3 months old and getting big. We weighed him at home and he seems to be just over 12 pounds. Here he is trying to sit up!

Look Mom! Two Hands!

Click for a larger version

He’s just full of smiles and little coos and is finally getting to the point where I can put him down for longer then 30 seconds without squalling his head off.

Unfortunately the boys seem to be catching something from my daycare boy. Because of some stupid doctor we recently took Declan to, Matt doesn’t want me giving Declan anything but Vitamins. That doctor said that Vitamin C will just makes things worse. How bogus is that?

I’m trying to get some nice pictures of Declan. We’ll see how that goes. ๐Ÿ˜€


Homemaking Meme January 22, 2008

Filed under: Life,Parenting — Katie @ 8:32 pm

I snagged this homemaking meme from Trail Mix.

Copy it to your own blog and leave a comment.

Aprons – Y/N? If Y, what does your favorite look like?
Oh yeah! I’m totally digging on aprons. Unfortunately I only have a $2 special from Ikea right now, but I have plans to make/acquire many many more. Once I no longer have a small person strapped to my chest 24 hours a day I’ll be rockin’ me some aprons. I’m also hoping to make a bunch for the kids, maybe it’ll help me save on stain lifters.

Baking – Favorite thing to bake
I love to bake, with my favorite being something new or fudge, although fudge isn’t really baking. I love the holiday season because it gives me an opportunity to just go nuts.

Clothesline – Y/N?
I made Matt hang up one of the nice retractable ones, but my mom was doing the wash at the time and I wasn’t going to make her use a clothesline if she didn’t want to. Now I’m home and the clothes line has come unsecured from the wall and Declan thinks it’s his pulltoy. This reminded me that I do need to get it back up soon, especially for sunning my cloth diapers.

Donuts – Have you ever made them?
No, not sure if I have the urge either.

Every day – One homemaking thing you do every day
Uhh… wake up? I do straighten the family room every morning though

Freezer – Do you have a separate deep freeze?
We have two fridge/freezer combos, but I would love a separate deep freeze too.

Garbage Disposal – Y/N?
Yes, but it doesn’t get much use I guess.

Handbook – What is your favorite homemaking resource?
Teh Intarwebs. And my mom. If I have any questions I rely on both.

Ironing – Love it or hate it? Or hate it but love the results?
Meh, I’m a slow ironer and sorta wrinkly clothes don’t bug me or Matt, so…
I do love freshly pressed clothes though.

Junk drawer – Y/N? Where is it?
Yep, 2.5, located in the kitchen.

Kitchen – Color and decorating scheme
Uhm, standard tract home white, outdated cabinets and pinky beige tiling. It’s a rental so it goes to say that I don’t like any of it.

Love – What is your favorite part of homemaking?
Not having to get dressed if I don’t want to? I’m new to being a S/WAHM so I haven’t quite got into the swing of things but I so look forward to the day when everything is relatively organized home and when sudden company doesn’t cause a mad rush to stuff the dirty dishes in the oven and close all the bedroom doors.

Mop – Y/N?
Yes, we own several. I or my mother mops. Matt refuses to without one of those fancy wringer buckets.

Nylons – Wash by hand or in the washing machine?
Well, the few pair f tights I own have been shrunk to small so now they just hang out in the panty drawer and taunt me every chance they get.

Oven – Do you use the window or open the oven to check?
It has a window, but the light doesn’t work. The oven light hasn’t worked on the last 4 ovens I’ve had. Thankfully I usually put something in the oven and forget until the timer goes off. Whether I remembered to set the timer is another story.

Pizza – What do you put on yours?
Pepperoni, or Ham and Pineapple. Sometimes I crave mushroom and onions but Matt vetoes the mushrooms.

Quiet – What do you do during the day when you get a quiet moment?
I internet it up if there are no sleeping children in my bedroom, or nurse and play video games at the same time. Hey! I’m stuck on the couch as it is, might as well take advantage of the xBox 360.

Recipe card box – Y/N? What does it look like?
No, mostly they’re in my account, but I do have my eyes on this cute little number in aqua. My mom had a similar one full of old recipes but sadly I believe it is long gone.

Style of house – What style is your house?
Standard late 90’s stucco and chicken wire tract house. A touch of southwesterny, but mostly cookie cutter style.

Tablecloths and napkins – Y/N?
I’d love to have more, but it seems kinda pointless as I’d have to change it 3 times a day.

Under the kitchen sink – Organized or toxic wasteland?
Definitely not organized, but we do strive to keep all toxic-ness out of the house completely.

Vacuum – How many times per week?
5 or 6 at least. Declan and Fable track in gravel like no tomorrow.

Wash – How many loads of laundry do you do per week?
If I was smart I’d do a load a day, but because I’m lazy it’s more like 1 load one week and 10 the next. I hate folding.

X – Do you keep a daily list of things to do that you cross off?
Yes, but it’s a large running list, not necessarily a daily thing.

Yard – Y/N? Who does what?
Yes, the dog and boy tear it up, and Matt is supposed to have yard duties.

Z – What is your last homemaking task for the day before going to bed?
Making sure everyone is fed, clean and has enough covers. ๐Ÿ™‚


I have a bilingual child January 16, 2008

Filed under: Parenting — Katie @ 3:35 pm

When I was pregnant with Declan, I briefly heard about teaching babies sign language. I looked into it some and found the Signing Time DVD’s and ordered one when Declan was still very young. The research I had done said that children who learn a second language (American Sign Language, or ASL, is considered a language) not only have higher IQ’s, but that signing helps eliminate the terrible twos and teaches acceptance of people who do things “differently”.

The little boy that I provide daycare for has Down Syndrome, just like my older sister Bonnie. I remember my mom mentioning that they thought Bonnie may never be able to truly talk so they started teaching her ASL. These days we can’t get her to be quiet! Part of this little boy’s therapy is also sign language, because whether they talk or not, it usually happens a little later than normal. Imagine understanding so much, but not being able to communicate or respond.

So we’ve pulled all out Signing Time DVD’s out, we have the first 6, and we’re trying to use as many signs as possible. Not just when he is here, but through the whole day. Declan is really doing so well. It seems like overnight he knew 15 new signs, and it makes me wonder if there was just a certain stage that he reached where it all kind of clicked in his head.

He knows:

  • Mama
  • Papa
  • Orange
  • Baby
  • Shoes
  • Sock
  • Moon
  • Play
  • Apple
  • Milk
  • Cheese
  • Cracker
  • Help
  • No
  • Stop
  • Potty
  • Water
  • Hungry
  • Full
  • Warm
  • Hot
  • Cold
  • Grandma (kinda)
  • Blue
  • Share
  • Play
  • Sit
  • Dance
  • Eat/Food
  • Wet
  • Cereal
  • More
  • Want
  • Please
  • Sorry
  • Horse
  • Bird
  • Dog
  • Cat
  • Car
  • Plane
  • Baby
  • Cry
  • Diaper
  • Cheese
  • Ball
  • And more I’m sure.

We’ve found this is be very helpful: – It has videos of just about every sign!

Speaking of how grown-up Declan is getting, he always wants to help wash dishes, but ends up soaked every time. I’ve got my next craft project all planned out. Stay tuned!


Stuft Kids Toys

Filed under: Crafting,Parenting,Pictures — Katie @ 6:43 am

Yay! They’re finally completed. I know some of you are just dying to see them. ๐Ÿ˜€

If there’s anything parenting has taught me, it’s that kids play with the darnedest things. Just now I had to take a backscratcher away from Declan because he was playing in the dirt with it. Right next to him sat a whole set of sand toys, including little shovels and rakes. One thing that seems to be universal is cars and balls though.

Unfortunately throwing has become great fun. Most of the balls we have are wooden and belong to wooden playsets in one form or another. Hello Arcadia Door!!

So I made these:

Stauffed Toys

They were very simple to make – 6 identically shaped pieces sewn together, stuffed and hand-sewn shut. I didn’t even spend a dime, using only what we had on hand. Like I mentioned in a previous post my plan was to disembowel some old stuffed animals and use the stuffing, but Mudder guilted me out of it. Instead I washed up an old grungy pillow really well and used that stuffing. Now that’s using my noggin. The stuffing was a little lumpy, so they’re not perfectly round, but the kids wont notice. It also would havebeen easier if I had a nice pair of pinking shears. I bought a pair, but didn’t realize that pinking shears in the scrapbook section are only going to shred the fabric not cut it. To think I thought $4 pinking shears were a steal!


I also had some square scraps, from some bean bags, laying around, so we made a cube while we were at it. I think it’s my favorite so far.

Today is a busy blogging day. Keep a lookout for more entries!


I’m a total slacker January 13, 2008

Filed under: Crafting,Parenting — Katie @ 6:42 pm

I still haven’t finished those stuffed cotton balls I was making. I made a stuffed cube too. In the end, none of the points on the ball met up correctly and that totally took the wind out of my sails. Well, that and having to hand sew something. And Viva Piรฑata… Yes, Viva Piรฑata. My mom bought me a used copy of it and I’ve literally played two days straight – while not nursing, cooking, cleaning, Internetting, or keeping up with Declan, Rowan and Matt anyway.

Friday completed my first whole week of daycare and it was pleasant. Still work, but I had a good time as long as all the kids weren’t crying at once. I’m still trying to add more kids to the ranks because we need the money to squeak by, but all I get are people that need like 5 hours a week. Seriously. I thought we were weird jst needing three full days a week. So if you know anyone who needs childcare in the Northern part of Gilbert, please please please send them my way.

And here’s some cool stuff I’ve stumbled across lately to keep you busy:

Oh and I have a Photoshop goodie coming up soon. Stay Tuned!